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7/16/2012 8:07:00 AM
Sedona guitar masters Ralf Illenberger and Eric Miller team up for a night of musical magic at Ken's Creekside
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Eric Miller
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Ralf Illenberger

After collaborating in 2002, Ralf Illenberger and Eric Miller will reunite to perform a collection of original material at the intimate setting of Ken's Creekside July 21, 7 p.m..

Besides their individual characteristic ways of playing the guitar, they will also perform exciting pop songs, which drew a lot of attention in the past. In the intimate setting of Ken's Creekside, expect a magical evening of new music presented by two masters of their genres.

Eric Miller was born in Alpena, Mich., but grew up in Detroit. He began seriously playing guitar at the age of 12, inspired by all the great rhythm-n-blues and rock-n-roll of the area.

Coming from a family of musicians and artists, Eric started playing professionally when he was 16. In no time he was playing some of the hottest and biggest venues of the Detroit Metropolitan area.

Hungry for travel and exposure to different sounds and music, Eric left Detroit in the mid '90s to travel to Europe where he spent months busking on the streets of France, Italy, England, Ireland, and eventually Spain. It was there that he was seduced by the art of flamenco.

After returning to the states, he was privileged to meet and eventually perform with La Dama Maria del Carmen, a world-renowned flamenco dancer who has performed with such flamenco greats as maestros Carlos Montoya and Juan Serrano.

After several years of disciplined study and performance of flamenco, Eric found himself drawn toward Brazilian music, inspired by the brilliance of masters such as Antonio Carlos Jobim and Caetano Veloso.

Eric says, "There is so much ocean and sun in bossa nova and samba that it is always refreshing to listen to."

Eric has toured the Southern United States with Karren Pell, a Nashville songwriter with whom he still writes many of his songs. He also tours with the flamenco company Arte Y Pureza, playing with the band Sir Sultry in the flamenco rock opera A Spanish Day.

Most recently, Eric co-collaborated to compose music for a documentary film called The Accidental Mummies of Guanajuato, Mexico for the Detroit Science Center.

Today Eric has found his own voice, emerging with an interwoven cultural style that is unique unto him. His music is diverse, and he continues to travel and play, collaborating with many great musicians around the world.

Ralf Illenberger is known for his extremely dynamic instrumental music that is both accessible and experimental.

His orchestral acoustic guitar-stylings create a unique woven tapestry that places him in the category of guitarists whose sound and technical mastery form a recognizable individual genre.

His accessible instrumental guitar music borrows from classical, jazz, folk, blues, world, and ancient traditions.

A talented musician and composer, Illenberger writes, produces, arranges and records his own material as well as other artists.

He has produced 16 albums of his own compositions that resulted in three U.S. top 10 singles on the Narada label, and five hit albums in Europe.

He has received a U.S. Grammy nomination as well as the German Record Awards nomination (German 'Grammy' equivalent). As a musical ambassador for Germany, he performed in over 50 countries all over the world.

"A few years ago Eric and I were writing a lot of very catchy pop tunes. Friends were encouraging us to put this repertoire on the stage together," said Illenberger.

Eric Millers vocals blend seamlessly with Ralf Illenbergers orchestral guitar style. They also will perform solo some of their original compositions.

Ken's Creekside is located at Ken's Creekside 251 State Route 179 # B7, Sedona. for more information: (928) 282-1705;

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